Martha and the Muffins are a rock band from Toronto - ARE. Not WERE. Formed in the mid-1970s, they had a lot of hits in their native Canada, but only one real big hit outside their homeland. That hit, of course, was "Echo Beach", a horn-filled electronic romp to a place far removed from the ennui of everyday life.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their biggest international hit, Martha and the Muffins rerecorded the song, imagining it at a much slower tempo with a somber tone. It's a far sadder song.... and still works as such.